Penistone is a traditional Pennine Yorkshire Market Town situated
between the urban areas of Sheffield and Barnsley.
The campaign to register the town as a Fairtrade Town was begun in
January 2005 by the Penistone & District Community Partnership, and finally
achieved status of Fairtrade Town in February 2007.
The campaign has drawn support from Penistone Town Council and
from Churches, Schools, Community groups and Local Businesses.
There is an active committee who organise events throughout the
year with the aim of raising awareness of fair trade issues and making Traidcraft
goods available for sale.
To promote the concept of Fairtrade and the issues
surrounding it to Penistone and its surrounding areas.
To raise awareness of the Fairtrade mark.
To campaign to register and maintain Penistone as a
Fairtrade town, as identified by the Fairtrade Foundation.
To increase the use and availability of Fairtrade
products in Penistone.
Key facts about Fairtrade include:
1. Britain leads the world on Fairtrade, with over 4,500 certified products from over 340 companies and over 10,000 local Fairtrade campaigns in towns, schools, colleges, workplaces and faith groups.
2. UK Fairtrade sales generated more than £23 million of Fairtrade Premium for Fairtrade farmers and workers to invest in their communities and businesses as they see fit.
3. Nine out of 10 people in the UK recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark and consumer trust tops 85 per cent
4. The Fairtrade global system works with 1.3 million farmers and workers worldwide from 1,149 Fairtrade producer organisations in 70 countries